The films brought together for Home Economics: Film Screenings are an exploration of the politics and discourses around the home and wider environment and economy.
Rosland Nashashibi's film, Hreash House (2004), captures a single family as a community, as an extended Palestinian family occupy an entire tower block and are seen celebrating after Ramadan.
The Home and the World (2010) by Lucy Parker captures the routines of a rural residential home for young adults with support needs, where activities like gardening are a central activity to nurture development.
Pyramid (2014) by artist Margaret Salmon examines Abraham H. Maslow’s theory of ‘Human Motivation’ that looks at the hierarchy of human needs. Through careful orchestration, Salmon constructs an abstract documentary, which both develops and challenges the themes presented in Maslow’s theory as well as her own interest in human iconography, stereotype and domestic rhythm.
Ben Rivers’ Sack Barrow (2011) focuses on a small family run factory in the outskirts of London. The business specialised in electroplating and overtime, the chemical and mineral processes have transformed the factory into another world. Originally, set up in 1931 to provide work for disabled ex-servicemen, the factory finally went into liquidation in 2011. In June that year Rivers filmed the environment and daily routines of the final month of the six workers.
About Now MMX (2011) by William Raban explores the economic and social topography of the capital city. Mixing various times of the day and night and alternating between time-lapse and standard speed and from the perspective of the top floor of the Balfron Tower, this film captures the material impact of time in the wake of the 2008 financial crash.
Charlotte Ginsborg’s film Melior Street (2011), takes its name from and is based in a street near London Bridge, in the capital city of London. The confused architecture of Melior Street acts as a backdrop to explore the lives of some of its eight residents. Through conversation and dialogue, they touch on relationships, belonging and the transient nature of the one street in central east London.
Black Audio Film Collective’s Twilight City (1989), focusses on 6 individuals based in London, each with their own perspective. Together they discuss how London has changed through the centuries and talk about the changes shaped by the Conservative Government through the 1980s.
Helen Cammock, There’s a Hole in the Sky Part II: Listening to James Baldwin (2016)
Cammock's film explores history and storytelling through layered, fragmented narratives. Using video, photography, installation, print and performance, the film acknowledges those who are rendered invisible by the hierarchy of histories. The film is set around an imagined conversation with writer James Baldwin to explore the dynamics of appropriation and power.
With special thanks to LUX, London.
31 August–13 September
Rosalind Nashashibi, Hreash House, United Kingdom, 2004
20 minutes, Colour, Sound, 4:3 (LUX)
Lucy Parker, The Home and the World, United Kingdom, 2010
21 minutes, 30 Seconds, Colour, Optical, 4:3 (LUX)
Margaret Salmon, Pyramid, United Kingdom, 2014
17 minutes, Colour/B&W, Stereo, 4:3 (LUX)
Ben Rivers, Sack Barrow, United Kingdom, 2011
21 minutes, Colour, Sound, 4:3 (LUX)
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14 September–28 September
William Raban, About Now MMX, United Kingdom, 2011
28 minutes, Colour, Sound, 16.9 (LUX)
Charlotte Ginsborg, Melior Street, United Kingdom, 2011
65 minutes, Colour, Stereo, 16:9 (LUX)
Black Audio Film Collective, Twilight City, United Kingdom, 1989
52 minutes, Colour, Sound (LUX)